RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

Sentiment on the rise for SMEs in construction

Sentiment on the rise for SMEs in construction

Overall optimism (Current and Future Conditions) in the Construction industry jumped 16.4% over the quarter, with an increase in the volume of non-residential building offsetting a small decline in residential work, according to the Westpac-Melbourne Institute SME Index, which examines the economic health of Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Asia to 'build, build, build' in region-wide, decade-long construction boom

Asia to 'build, build, build' in region-wide, decade-long construction boomLock icon2

Oxford Economics reports on the expected construction boom on Australia's doorstep.

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IAQ industry survey: political instability hampering infrastructure

IAQ industry survey: political instability hampering infrastructure

The first in the Infrastructure Association of Queensland's longitudinal industry surveys has been released today, with political instability proving a drag on business confidence despite moderately positive conditions.

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Construction activity rebounds after a weak-performing September

Construction activity rebounds after a weak-performing September

Cordell captured 1945 development applications and proposals in the construction pipeline across Australia in October, and while this is 2.8% lower than the number of development applications captures in the previous month, it is above the five-year average of 1775.

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Construction continues to expand in October: Australia PCI

Construction continues to expand in October: Australia PCI

The national construction industry expanded for a ninth consecutive month in October, with the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI) easing slightly by 1.5 points to 53.2.

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Male city-shapers to overcome systemic gender equality issues

Male city-shapers to overcome systemic gender equality issues

Flexible work arrangements, sexual harassment policies, and 'non-gendered' parental leave are amongst the key policies identified in a first progress report published today by a group of top executives from some of Australia's largest consulting firms seeking to address systemic gender equality issues.

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NSW once again the best performing economy across the country

NSW once again the best performing economy across the country

New South Wales is still Australia's best performing economy thanks to low unemployment and new home construction, according to CommSec's latest quarterly State of the States report.

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The rise of smart cities to boost the boom lifts market

The rise of smart cities to boost the boom lifts market

Technavio market research analysts forecast the global boom lifts market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 18% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

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Engineering construction still growing despite deceleration

Engineering construction still growing despite deceleration

The Australian Industry (Ai) Group has released September's Performance of Construction Index (PCI) for public viewing, with engineering construction continuing to grow despite a deceleration.

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Engineers need new tech expertise to prepare for the future

Engineers need new tech expertise to prepare for the future

To remain employable engineers require environmentally sustainable design knowledge, expertise in new technology such as GPS positioning, drones and virtual reality (VR), and a willingness to continuously ask questions, according to a report by Hays Engineering.

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